Textbook prices on the rise thanks to digital study tools

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) In a few weeks, students will be headed back to College of Southern Idaho campus to begin their fall semester.

According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, textbook costs have risen 88 percent over the last 10 years — thanks to the additional cost of digital study tools.
Many courses requiring the purchase of digital access codes to go along with the textbook.
All of which adds up to a pretty penny.
“So when the e-component is by itself that’s where you can see the textbook price actually be less,” said Jayme Ketterling, bookstore manager. “But when they’re packaged with the textbook that is where the publishers are kinda tying you to where the prices kind of have a tendency to be a little bit higher.”
Those access codes are single use.
Meaning you can’t re-sell them once the semester is over.
Ketterling recommends buying used books and then purchasing the access code separately or trying to find the e-book version which tends to be much cheaper.

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